The Countdown Begins...
In 7 months' time we will all be gathering in Peru for our 6th Triennial Global Consultation: Integral Mission and Shalom: justice, peace and joy. It will also be the first time we gather as Micah Global. It will be a valuable opportunity to share and wrestle through the issues of our generation. As we prepare for this, we will start to address the questions we will focus on at the Consultation in our monthly newsletters.
Our call for articles and submission is open and active. We encourage you to consider how you can contribute by submitting a paper, case study, story of change, poster, artwork, piece of music or suggested reading in line with the Consultation theme. More details are here.
Registration for the Global Consultation is now open and all the details can be found on the Micah website here.
MDGs to SDGs
2015 also marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each Micah National Expression plans to facilitate a national Celebration and Sorrow event which will explore the progress that has been made towards the MDGs and research what their response will be to the SDGs. We will explore each month the MDG / SDG transition and consider how Micah will respond as a Global advocacy platform.
The Micah transition process is also continuing with the time frame of having appointed the new International Director by September 2015, along with the establishment of the new governance structure.
The Micah agenda continues throughout the year with our national integral mission conversations (details below). These are open to all and we invite you to get behind those events near you through participation, through prayer and through financial support.
Each month we publish our newsletters and
prayer focus. All our members are welcome to contribute by sharing resources you have developed, events you are running, articles of interest etc. You can send your input to Jenny Vaccari, our network coordinator.
Don’t just count down – count yourself in and take part!
Grace and peace
Interim International Director
Tackling Domestic Violence
We want to shine a light on the travesty of domestic violence and ask all our Micah members to initiate discussions about this with their organisation and local church. Frustratingly many of us don’t realise the extent of domestic violence in our community and in our church.
Restored is a Micah member organisation committed to tackling domestic violence. They have developed training materials that raise awareness and suggest options for addressing these issues.
Church Pack: Ending Domestic Abuse: download here.
First Man Standing Campaign: listen to what this important campaign is about here
Why not contact Mandy or Peter and find ways you can link up to what Restored is doing. We showed this video at the Micah Summit in New York and we highly recommend you show it at your staff meetings and in your local church.
A core element of Micah's mission involves addressing poverty in all its forms. As we read through the Bible we see how God constantly addresses issues of poverty and injustice, building into the laws of the Israelites protection and action to provide for those in need. Raising awareness of the travesty of poverty and holding governments to account for their commitments made through the MDGs to address poverty was and remains a significant part of Micah's advocay agenda.
MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015
Extreme poverty has, according to UN statistics, been halved. However, there are still estimated to be 1.2 billion people living on less than $1.25 / day. 1 in 9 people go hungry every day.
SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030
This goal seeks to completely eradicate extreme poverty. Summarising the approach to be used to achieve this includes: social protection, equality of access to the public square (e.g. markets, services, spaces) and improved resilience to economic, social and environmental shocks.
In support of this, there needs to be the development and implementation of good policies and the release of adequate resources to ensure that these targets can be met.
Low Hanging Fruit Picked?
As we consider SDG1 and the outcome of MDG1, we recognise that the gains made during the MDG campaign tackled the low hanging fruit. To truly and sustainably address transformational development we will not only need to address target indicators as outlined in the SDGs, but we will need to tackle the deep-rooted and often hidden causes of poverty, injustice and conflict.
How do you, your organisation and your church propose to engage in this agenda?
We invite you to write your suggestions and outline approaches to be discussed and reviewed at our Global Consultation in September 2015. Send your input to firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitation: School of Reconciliation
Mercy Ministries International - a member of Micah - is once again hosting the International School of Reconciliation for Peace Practitioners. The theme for this event is "Healing Hearts, Changing Nations" and is an invaluable opportunity to learn and train in the area of peacebuilding and reconciliation.
Dates: 6th - 26th July, 2015
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
The two primary trainers of the school are Rhiannon Lloyd and Joseph Nyamutera, who each have decades of experience in bringing a message of healing and hope in the wake of ethnic and other conflicts in dozens of countries.
Previous Micah representatives from many countries, including Myanmar and Sri Lanka, have attended the school and are using the skills they learned to apply and train others in their own country.
The school is bilingual; conducted in English and French.
You can access the information flyer for the school here, or for more information, please email email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Kenya - Integral Mission & the Community
5th-6th March, 2015
Dimesse Sisters, Nairobi, Kenya
Tanzania - Transformation: an Integrated Response
10th-11th March, 2015
Canossa Spirituality Centre, Arusha, Tanzania
Germany - Celebration and Sorrow
Die Millenniumsziele - ein Resümee (The MDGs - a Summary)
24th-26th April, 2015
Jordan - Courage for Change: being Salt and Light
15th-16th May, 2015
The Jesuit Centre, Amman, Jordan
Cape Town, South Africa
Nepal - Integral Mission and Inclusive Community Transformation
25th-26th May, 2015
France - Celebration and Sorrow
29th-30th May, 2015
Sri Lanka - Integral Mission and Justice
June 4th-5th, 2015
Colombo, Sri Lanka
6th Global Triennial Consultation
Integral Mission and Shalom: justice, peace, joy
14th-18th September, 2015
Huampani Convention Centre, Lima, Peru
Registration is now open!
More information about all of these events is available at: www.micahnetwork.org/events
Of Interest: 2015 Conferences
Trata & Tráfico: Un desafio actual pas las iglesias
[Human Trafficking and Smuggling: a current challenge for the churches]
A meeting to motivate churches and Christian organisations to advocate for the rights of people harmed by Trafficking and Smuggling networks.
24th-26th April - Canelones, Uruguay
The Gathering Wave
14th-16th April - Durres, Albania
Seeking to gather 100 Central European, Balkan and international missions leaders to launch the Gathering Wave in Missions.
Alliance for Vulnerable Mission Conferences
UK: 11th April - Acomb Baptist Church, York
14th-16th April - Redcliffe College, Gloucester
18th April - Queens Road Baptist Church, Coventry
Germany: 8th-9th May - Marburg
USA: 17th-18th April - Seattle: Faithful Practice in the New Commons
UK: 2nd-3rd October - Birmingham: Rooted and Linked
You can read more about missional living and the background to Inhabit here.
Disciple Nations Alliance
Global Forum on Biblical Worldview and Transformational Development
9th-13th March - London, UK
Registrations close February 16th
New Urban World Journal
The latest edition of the ISUM biannual New Urban World journal is now available as free pdf here. It includes feature articles from John Perkins, Bob Lupton and Robert Linthicum as well as book reviews, poetry, regular columns and reports from the urban mission world.
Diaspora Missiology: Theory, Methodology, and Practice – Enoch Wan
This book is an interdisciplinary study on the 21st century demographic reality that led to the development of “diaspora missiology” as a new missiological paradigm, and the need to practice “diaspora missions” as a new mission strategy.
Touching The Cloak - Biblical monologues based on the encounters of Jesus - Jackie Mouradian
A creative tool and encouragement, this collection of monologues comes from our friends at Mosaic Creative. The Bible studies seek to equip facilitators with a
resource that will help to bring Bible passages alive.
Do you know of a resource which may be an encouragement to the Micah community? Let us know.
United Mission to Nepal: Executive Director
The United Mission to Nepal (UMN) is a Christian development agency which, over the last 60 years, has made significant contributions in education, health, industry, rural and community development and peace-building in Nepal.
Based in Kathmandu, UMN's Executive Director will:
- Provide overall leadership of the organisation under the UMN Board of Trustees, including spiritual leadership.
- Manage the organisation to ensure it achieves its strategic objectives, and continues to adapt to the changing needs of Nepal
- Embody, communicate and promote the vision, mission and values of the organisation
- Develop and maintain with key stakeholders both locally and internationally, including Government and donors.\
Please contact Ann McConkey at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details of the job and the application process. Deadline for application is March 31st.
American Leprosy Mission: Vice President of Leadership Gifts
American Leprosy Missions is seeking an experienced professional to serve as Vice President of Leadership Gifts. She/He will provide leadership, coaching and mentoring to others involved in the major gift process and will be responsible for actively building and managing a pipeline of major gift prospects, presenting proposals, and closing on proposals to raise major gifts.
Full position description is available here.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Tearfund UK: Chief Executive
Tearfund is one of the most respected Christian international relief and development agencies in the world. Operating in more than 50 countries, we are working with local churches and partner organisations to end poverty and injustice.
Tearfund is seeking an individual who can provide strategic leadership and direction to a highly motivated and experienced team. He or she will need to shape and articulate strategy and vision for the future, firmly grounded uponTearfund's core values and biblical base.
For further information and to apply, contact Saxton Bampfylde Ltd email UAJYA@saxbam.com or phone +44 (0)20 7226 0890.
Applications close March 3rd.